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Don’t head out to that sports bar or neighborhood man-cave to meet up with your fantasy crew unarmed. Make Fanosis your 1-stop place to cop or drop and get locked and loaded for that well-deserved winning weekend aid. Combined and condensed below are the consensus latest lines from Las Vegas, my selections and why, along with final score predictions to give you a better read on how strongly I feel for or against the spread in quick access format because your time is precious and let’s face it, who has just one fantasy team anymore?

Carolina Panthers survived last week to remain undefeated. Meanwhile, there were 10 favorites last week! Cincinnati leads all teams with the best record against the spread, and there should be plenty of points to go around the fantasy season full-season Championship games. Be sure and get the latest on those “No Line” games. 

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO NFL NETWORK GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday & Saturday Nights

In what could be either team’s last game represented by their respective cities, the Raiders take on the San Diego Chargers to jump start week 16.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS @ OAKLAND RAIDERS

The Line: Raiders -6

The Game: Thursday, 5:25PM PT, NFL Network

The Skinny:  First off, these two teams met week 7 and the Raiders won 37-29 in San Diego. Since that game, the Raiders have gone 3-5 and the Chargers 2-5. Now they play in Oakland, and the Raiders have faired a bit better against better competition (mainly, a victory over the Broncos). Not much on the line here but it’s a good chance to get a look at the future of the Raiders (unobstructed by Sunday’s better match-ups) and their new young talent. Philip Rivers, on the other hand, seems to be the decent quarterback on a team ready to rebuild (last three losses were only 3-point offensive output games). Currently my last choice of the three teams poised to come to Los Angeles.  Raiders Win, 24-18 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

The Line: Eagles -3

The Game: Saturday, 5:25PM PT, NFL Network

The Skinny: The erratic Eagles have given up 40+ points 3 of their last 5 games. Strangely, those losses include Tampa Bay and Detroit, while the two wins were against New England and Buffalo (Huh? I know).  What I know is what I saw last week, and coach Kelly nailed it saying the tackling wasn’t very good. Chip, it was awful, really. Meanwhile, the Redskins, who aren’t winning many eye test points defensively as well of late, appear to be capable enough to hold off a banged up Philly team on enough series to win the division. Kirk Cousins is looking better at quarterback because he and DeSean Jackson are now on the same page and have established the needed trust. Washington lost the first division match-up by 3 points at home. Week 16 they turn the tables on the road. Redskins Win, 34-24 

CAROLINA PANTHERS @ ATLANTA FALCONS

The Line:  Panthers -7

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, FOX

The Skinny: Probably the easiest game of the week to predict a winner outright. Atlanta, last in the NFL in getting to the quarterback. Cam Newton, the hottest fantasy player this season. Ted Ginn Jr., relevant for once in his pro career. Carolina’s defense leads all teams in giveaway/takeaway ratio. Carolina’s offense in the midst of an ongoing stretch (5 games and counting) of scoring 33 points or more including the first of this division double a mere two weeks ago when they smoked the Falcons 38-zip. In the ATL this time so I will deduct points from the Panthers’ margin of victory… And yes, an undefeated season is certainly something to play for.  Panthers Win, 35-9

DALLAS COWBOYS @ BUFFALO BILLS

The Line:  Bills -6

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, FOX

The Skinny: A few games ago this game would have been easier to figure out, but the Bills just lost two games they probably should have won and now it appears that they can’t beat teams in the NFC East having lost to the other three already. That said, the Cowboys simply aren’t putting up enough points without Romo to take seriously. Looks much closer than it should be. Bills Win, 20-17

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS @ DETROIT LIONS

The Line:  Lions -8.5

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, FOX

The Skinny: Ditto the 49ers, who haven’t scored 20 or more points outside of one overtime game since week 6. Fortunately for them, they haven’t given up an insane amount either. The Lions may still be slightly pumped off that prime time victory over Drew Brees and the Saints, and the game is a home game for them. But it will be a shortened week for the gang from Motown and at this point of the season with nothing to play for, both coaches need to win as much as possible heading into the off-season. Lions Win, 23-20

HOUSTON TEXANS @ TENNESSEE TITANS

The Line: NO LINE – Currently off the board pending QB status 

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, CBS

The Skinny: When you can grab a division crown by taking advantage off an off-year from Andrew Luck, you better make sure you do it. Not to many better opponents to do it against than the Titans right now. The AFC South, like the NFC East, will be won by a current .500 team that has a higher points allowed than points made, and the Titans bring up the rear. Add to this, the Titans lead the league in sacks allowed (now say, J.J. Watt Day!). At least, there’s one attractive fantasy skill position star to consider watching if you live outside Texas. Texans Win, 24-13

CLEVELAND BROWNS @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

The Line:  Chiefs -12.5

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, CBS

The Skinny: The Chiefs should relish the Cleveland defense this week by land and by air, and here we have one team (K.C.) third in sacks facing another team (Cleveland) third-worst at stopping sacks from happening. Johnny Manziel’s education continues big time, but credit the scoring of 13 points Seattle last week. Expect highlight scrambles to escape and make things happen for his team. Their only shot is to take shots down field or take off, period.  Chiefs Win, 30-17 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS @ MIAMI DOLPHINS

The Line:  Dolphins -2

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, FOX

The Skinny: Another mystery team that does well when you least expect it, the Dolphins. I expected it last week and the Chargers clobbered them. This week they’re expected to lose by smarter men than I. The two look near even on paper but a key stat to me is that the Dolphins are among the bottom half in total yards per game on the ground, yet when they run they’re average yard-per-carry is 6th-best. This is a game they might be able to stay close enough to to run the ball like they should. That said, if the Colts open up a large enough lead, they should go wire-to-wire. In Miami, however, these fish are a bit tougher. Colts Win, 24-23

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS @ NEW YORK JETS

The Line:  Patriots -3

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, CBS

The Skinny: Very interesting match-up the second time around. The Patriot game 1 by 7 points while at home. They travel to Jersey territory now, and I’m inclined to believe the Jets’ coaching staff has learned a thing or two having more to work with. To add to the intrigue, the Patriots’ ground game is a bit lessened by injuries. Ex-Ram/Falcon running back Steven Jackson was just signed to add depth, but it’s mentioned he may see action. The Jets’ ground game is a potent 1-2 punch these days and should prove to be a handful. New England is second in sacks, New York is second-best at avoiding sacks. But as usual, the key will be how often will Tom Brady be disrupted. Must-see TV, and if you drop coins on this bad boy, be sure to have a read on the status of Revis Island.  Jets Win, 28-27

CHICAGO BEARS @ TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 

The Line:  Bucs -3

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, FOX

The Skinny: The underachieving Bears are having an up and down season and headed for another down it appears. They match-up to the Bucs well enough but won’t be able to handle the ground game Tampa Bay will certainly give them a heavy dose of. To do that, the Bucs must do a better job of limiting Cutler’s performance than they did with the Rams’ Case Keenum last week. Doug Martin’s numbers should bounce back for you if your fantasy championship is riding on his output. Bucs Win, 28-24

PITTSBURGH STEELERS @ BALTIMORE RAVENS

The Line:  Steelers -10

The Game: Sunday, 10AM PT, CBS

The Skinny: The third 9-5 team battling for a playoff spot, the Steelers, looks to have the easiest path to 10-5 this week against the Ravens. I would stay clear of the line on this game because the Ravens are mid-ranked on both sides of the ball, unlike most other losing teams. What does them in apparently is their mistakes. They are second-to-last in turnover ratio at -15. You can’t beat a loaded offense if you keep giving them the ball back. And this, the third straight game of four against teams among league’s best (Seattle, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati). Steelers Win, 35-17

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Line: NO LINE – Currently off the board pending QB status 

The Game: Sunday, 1:05PM PT, CBS

The Skinny: Say it with me now, “Blake Bortles a top 3 QB!” Well, that’s the message I’m hearing from fantasy and football experts throughout the week, and why not? The Saints are on pace to claim the title of the worst pass defense in the history of the NFL. Drew Brees is not 100% but will try to play through the pain of a torn plantar fascia (foot muscle), so the chances of the Saints winning this game go way down with that big “if he can go” line added. Jacksonville has scored 40+ points in two of their last three games slightly better defenses. If Drew is healthy enough for one of his games, find that over/under and pounce on it. Jaguars Win, 42-24

GREEN BAY PACKERS @ ARIZONA CARDINALS

The Line: Cardinals -4

The Game: Sunday, 1:25PM PT, FOX

The Skinny: The loss of Tyrann Mathieu is huge for the Red Birds but they have enough to get by. Aaron and the gang aren’t as sharp these days. Not a good time to play one of the top two or three teams. Offensively, Arizona will be on point and the Packers won’t be able to sustain any running attack. RB David Johnson exploded on the scene last week for the Cards and looks playable again this week. Dangerous weapons all around, and the game is in Az.  Cardinals Win, 31-21

ST. LOUIS RAMS @ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

The Line:  Seahawks -13.5

The Game: Sunday, 1:25PM PT, FOX

The Skinny: While the Rams aren’t playing with the loaded gun of the week 1, their offense is showing life again and won’t be a complete pushover in the second-game match-up against the Seahawks. Seattle has been one of the best-playing teams after a scary start, but won’t have quite the ground game as before. Still, a competitive game is expected because Russell Wilson won’t have the time in the pocket despite his opponent  losing key defensive players for the year. Speedsters Tavon Austin and Tyler Lockett will spark their respective teams, but if Todd Gurley can find a few holes it changes everything. Seahawks Win, 23-20

NEW YORK GIANTS @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS

The Line:  Vikings -6

The Game: Sunday, 5:25PM PT, NBC

The Skinny: The Beckham-less G-Men’s chances might have been less slim had certain unnamed players not decided to be all Ronda Rousey last week. The defense is not stopping much these days and poor Eli Manning’s facial expressions will be even sadder to look at than normal. But wait…before you do anything rash, better get final injury status on Adrian Peterson. What a sad watch if it turns out to be starless. Vikings Win, 26-20 

CINCINNATI BENGALS @ DENVER BRONCOS

The Line:  Broncos -3.5

The Game: Monday, 5:25PM PT, ESPN

The Skinny: Replacement QBs Brock Alan Osweiler and Raymond Anthony “AJ” McCarron, Jr. make this game considerably less attractive than the Red Rifle and Peyton Manning would have, but the truth is still that both need to win; the Bengals because they have a chance to get home field advantage through the post-season, and the Broncos because the Chiefs are breathing down their neck for the division crown. Should be interesting and entertaining to watch, but the Broncos defense puts them ahead with the eye test.  Broncos Win, 20-13  

Last week vs. the spread (disclaimer games excluded): W8 – L8 (Season total: W89 – L74)

MY FANTASY FOOTBALL STARTERS (STANDARD-LEAGUE POSITION):

QB – Cam Newton, Carolina / Blake Bortles, Jacksonville

RB – David Johnson, Arizona / Charcandrick West, Kansas City

WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh / Allen Robinson, Jacksonville

TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England / Jordan Reed, Washington

K – Steve Hauschka, Seattle

Def – Kansas City Chiefs

That’s a wrap! Thanks, and good luck, Mr. Betting Mann! 

About Author

Tony Lopez

Tony Lopez is a die-hard Rams fan and Rams representing writer at Fanosis, as well as an avid fantasy football player that has won championships at Yahoo, ESPN, NFL(dot)com and FOX. An ex-employment specialist at Goodwill of Southern California's main headquarters, he has work with prison programs and has L.A. certified training to aid people with disabilities. He is also a poet and ghostwriter.